For all of you who care about health care and insurance for children (particularly we in Texas who have the highest percentage of uninsured children in the nation), I think we should all be very disappointed with the fact that George W. Bush will veto a tax increase (61 cents more on cigarettes) attached to an expanded State Children’s Health Insurance plan (S-CHIP). In Washington, I lobbied for this change with some other medical students from UTMB with the American Medical Students Association in March.
I guess George Bush hates children; he doesn’t say it, but his actions speak it.
“Tax increases are neither necessary nor advisable to appropriately fund SCHIP. “
Tax increases are apparently also not advisable to appropriately fund two wars, two hurricanes, and veteran’s health (Bush refused to consider tax increases in 2005). Deficit financing all the way.
I think Crawford, Texas has to be nuked before Bush supports a tax increase (yeah, I see that he wants to repeal tax breaks for health insurance premiums, but I don’t see how that would expand coverage for children without dumping workers off it).